Feb 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
is obviously a top priority of president obama's second term, and it's also high on the agenda of this country's labor movement. but it hasn't always been that way. in 1924 president calvin coolidge who was backed by the american federation of labor signed the johnson act and that established immigration quotas limit the number of immigrants who could come to america. back then the afl also aligned it's a with quasi fascist groups like the american defense society which deemed many immigrants genetically inferior. and the hart seller act discontinued quotas based on national origin. they feared competition from new immigrants who were willing to work for lower wages. so why do america's unions now favor immigration reform? let's ask uaw president bob king, he is joining us tonight from washington, d.c. where he is attending his community conference. welcome back inside "the war room." >> great to be with you. >> jennifer: looking at this history and knowing that not too long ago they were proposed to immigrants, why has labor changed its tune? >> from the
Feb 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
. but what was under scrutiny was the obama administration broken program. it has drown criticism mostly from the left for not being more transparent. the criticism intensified after a memo was leaked talking about americans thought to have ties to al-qaeda through drones. and the left on left tension was on full display. here is brennan attempting to deliver his statement. >> i'm honored to appear before you today at the president's nominee to-- >> would you halt please. we'll ask the police to please remove this woman. >> jennifer: and that happened again and again and again four times he was interrupted until senator feinstein finally had to clear the room. >> okay, we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared and associates not allowed back in. we've done this five times now and five times are enough. we'll recess for a few minutes. >> jennifer: when the hearings resumeed brennon told senators that drone strikes do meet rigorous standard. the rob is that reliable information is hard to come by. the strikes are happening in dangerous and remote areas of pakist
Feb 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
just love listening to you talk. you make me proud to be a democrat. how much of president obama's leverage do you think he'll use or he will need to use to actuallily get this remormon passed? is there not momentum on the other side of the aisle that you think this will happen pretty quickly? >> yes, i think that's the most important thing. look nothing happens in washington, d.c. without a demand outside of washington, d.c. there is no one who can--who has a better position in our political structure than the president of the united states. i believe that's what president obama is going to do. our president will go from here to there and everywhere in the country, keep insisting that congress act. the people voted they re-elected him by 5 million votes. they'll use that bully pulpit. keep the pressure on the congress of the united states. nothing is going to happen unless we're persistent and insistent, and he's the one to keep it up for us. >> jennifer: i'm so proud you came to "the war room" and gave us the perspective on what happened. on the ground today. up next we switch
Feb 4, 2013 3:00pm PST
a visit. he called on congress to follow the city's lead and expand federal background checks. >> obama: all of the folks standing here behind me today, they are the ones on the front line of this fight. they see the awful consequences the lives lost the families shattered. they know what works. they know what doesn't work and they know how to get things done without regard for politics. >> jennifer: they might not be political, but they do have a lot of political power. in an historic moment today, house gop members actually got on board with a bill to curve gun trafficking, and the reason they supported it because it had the backing of law enforcement officials, joining me now is the mayor of minneapolis, r.t. rybak. mayor, welcome back inside "the war room." >> good to be here. >> jennifer: you had a good day today featuring and highlighting what you guys are doing in minneapolis in the push for gun safety. tell us how you see this working. will you end for example -- will minneapolis end contracts with gun companies if they don't back certain safety measures?